Photo reads, "Heal."

Finding Understanding through Storytelling

by Deborah Alvarez I realized the importance of storytelling as I spent two years studying the effects of Hurricane Katrina on writing literacy in New Orleans, where I examined how secondary teachers and students were using writing in and out of school. Since then, I have been conducting research on the effects of the Haitian…

Photo of a boy lying on the floor drawing. The drawings are blowing away into a cityscape below

Writing as a Path to Healing

By Roberta P. Gardner One of my earliest memories of writing in school was a failed scribble drawing of my deceased cat, Honey. She wasn’t officially my cat, but I was the one who played with her every day, and I let her know that she was loved. I used to sneak her bowls of milk…